I have been sailing a Beneteau
#43 for the past year. The boat is very solid and has performed well in winds up to 40mph and waves up to 15ft+ so far. We have the shoal draft
, roller main version with all the bells and whistles. We have been from Charleston SC to Cancun
and back. She is a fast boat and easy to handle with two but better with 4 when offshore
seems very well built with thicknesses over 1 inch throughout of solid fiberglass
. The internal stiffining system is overkill but keeps the boat very stiff with very little flex. The deck
is a balsa cored sandwich and provides good insulation
from the sun.
We have the two cabin
version which I would not recommend unless you like rolling around while at sea. There is no good place to sleep while at sea except the settee while on starboard tack. The 3 cabin
version would provide much better sleeping quarters in the stern while at sea and much better use of space when at anchor
, especially if you have guests or lots of extra gear/surfboards etc.
We have had some issues with aftermarket products installed on the boat but the original Beneteau
systems have operated flawlessly. The fancy new electric
panal works well to show you warnings and fluid leves of fuel
but recently there have been some issues. We have two water tanks
but the panal now states that we have 3 and two of those three are not actually there. We called Beneteau and they will replace the entire panal free of charge. The panel is built by Seimens VDO and is new to production sailboats so I guess they need to work out some bugs.
All in all the new 49 is a great boat and are selling like hotcakes. We get compliments everywhere we go on the styling and sleak look, most dont even know its a beneteau from the Berret/Racoupeau/Nauta design.